“Take all the colors under the sun. Only one color I think much fun. And that’s orange. Orange, I said. The silly old color who lives next to red. The one that is orangely out of its head.”
Those are the lyrics to a Sixties ditty by Ken Nordine that opened the fall show from Akris, where designer Albert Kriemler was orangely out of his head for that shade — and even more so for its neighbor.
You could sum up the collection in two words — simply red — for the Swiss designer expressed his penchant for minimalism within a very narrow color palette. He also blended in a dazzle of African prints — dazzle being the collective noun for zebras — those wavy stripes colored red and orange for the press-kit folder, video backdrop and a plethora of tunics, dresses and coats.
The results were mixed, as color and print are highly personal, and Kriemler didn’t hold back, mixing blurred cheetah spots and turtle scales with those zebra motifs. As usual, the shapes were streamlined and the fabrics sumptuous, from spiky antelope fur for a chic capelet to stretch velvet for tracksuits and tube dresses.
Knitted ponchos and calfskin capes were new turf for Akris, along with boxy messenger bags worn cross-body with thick guitar-case straps.
For those keen on neither animal prints nor fiery colors, Kriemler included a killer black leather jacket with a sash of Masai embellishment. Orange you glad?